Umpqua Valley
              White Dove Release

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About Our Doves


"I hope you love birds, too. It is economical. It saves going to heaven."

                                                                                                - Emily Dickinson                                       


            The snow white birds we use are Pletinckx Homing Pigeons or  
 White Racing Pigeons, which are descendants of the Rock Dove. 
 These winged athletes have excellent homing abilities and are 
 trained for our release services from an early age. They usually 
 circle the release area several times to collect their bearings
 before making a b-line to the loft where they were born and
     Umpqua Valley White Dove Release does NOT use true doves
 in our releases. Doves, which are usually smaller than pigeons,
 do not have the navigational skills of a homing pigeon. When a 
 dove is purchased from a pet shop and released, it will more than
 likely perish in the wild. The release of white ringneck doves is 
 just signing their death sentence. Umpqua Valley White Dove  
will not release doves. We will only use beautiful trained
 homing Pletinckx pigeons (Pletinckx is pronounced "playtinks"). 
 With special training these birds are capable of flying at great
 speeds of up to 65 mph and distances of more than 500 miles.
      Our birds are well cared for and loved. Their health is
 continuously monitored. They are wormed and checked for lice
 and treated as needed. They are given a diet of especially
 formulated food for their stage of life ( i.e., breeders, release
 birds, young or retired). Clean fresh drinking water is always
 available as well as a pigeon bathtub. Pigeons love to take baths
 at all times of the year.
      While your satisfaction is our goal, we will never jeopardize
 the welfare of our birds. Again, only white homing pigeons will be
 released at your special occasion, although various other birds
 may be used for display purposes only. Our release will be made
 out of doors during daylight hours. Pigeons can't see in the dark, 
 so they stop and roost until it gets light. This makes them
 vulnerable to predators. We will never release our birds in unsafe
 conditions, such as in poor weather, inside buildings or near
 hazards like power lines. For the birds safety and well being, we
 limit our release area to a 50 mile radius from our loft.

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